FAA approves the use Pfizer’s vaccine for pilots and controllers.

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Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s authorization of the emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has determined that pilots and air traffic controllers may receive the vaccine under the conditions of their medical certification issued by the agency.

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To maintain the highest level of safety in the National Airspace System, the agency will require aviation professionals with medical certifications or medical clearances to observe a 48-hour period after administration of this vaccine before performing safety-sensitive aviation tasks such as flying or air traffic control.

Since Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart for maximum effectiveness, this waiting period is applied after each dose.

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